Next gen Tata Sumo (Codenamed Raptor) to be underpinned by new lightweight platform

A couple of decades ago, the then New Tata Sumo quickly rose to become the MPV king of India with traits like good ride quality and enough room for as much as 9 passengers. However, the metamorphosis of the boxy MPV didn’t quite match its pace with the Indian auto Industry and as a result, the Sumo is still pretty much the same it was some 20 years ago while the MPV market has progressed by leaps and bounds. The Sumo Grande and its latest iteration, the Movus failed to capture the original car’s essence and hence were relegated to the also-ran brigade.
The two-decade old Tata Sumo has become obsolete. Next gen model will benefit from an all-new lightweight platform
The automaker is not done with the Sumo nameplate yet. According to a report by Autocar India, the next generation Tata Sumo which is due for 2018 will be underpinned by an all-new lightweight platform. The new model will put the sloppy old ladder-frame chassis to rest in favor of a new architecture which is internally called as ‘Body Integrated Frame’.
The Body Integrated Frame, as the name implies, will have the structural members welded to the base. In other words, the new Sumo’s platform is mid-way between an old school ladder-frame and modern monocoque platforms. Advantages come in the form of flexibility (stiffness of the structure can be doctored depending of the product requirements) and light weight.
Tata Movus
The Tata Movus (previously known as Sumo Grande) failed to generate interest

The next gen Sumo will also benefit from modern design, better interiors, higher chassis stiffness and of course, more powerful and fuel efficient engines. With a lightweight modular architecture at its disposal, Tata Motors will be able to come up with more MPV and SUV derivatives with short lead times.
Tata Nexon Concept
Tata has exciting set of SUVs and crossovers in its pipeline [Image: Tata Nexon concept]
The next gen Tata Sumo will be a part of the company’s revival plant which involves launching 2 new products every year till 2020. Other SUVs in the pipeline are the Nexon compact crossover and Q501 & Q502 premium SUV twins with JLR inputs. It would be interesting to see how the market responds to the Indian auto giant’s variety of upcoming passenger vehicles.


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